Category Archives: South Carolina

Why you must help South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham

Democrats are pouring their money into defeating Lindsey Graham. Please donate to him if you can and, if you’re in S.C., vote for Graham.

To be honest, before 2018, I never thought much of South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham. He was just another middle-of-the-road Republican with too many RINO tendencies and too close a friendship with John McCain.

That all changed in 2018 when Lindsey Graham suddenly understood what was at stake in America:

Since then, while he’s occasionally slipped into thinking that the Senate is the gentleman’s club he once knew, he mostly remembers that America is in an existential battle right now. Graham supports President Trump, and he’s solidly conservative in his values.

I’d better remind everyone once again that we are not looking at parties that have different ideas about the same goal: a mostly constitutional, mostly free market, mostly liberty-oriented America. That shared goal started vanishing under Obama. It’s gone now.

On the one side, we have the party of Trump. Trump supporters believe in the Constitution. They believe in American exceptionalism (which is not the same as pretending in American perfection). They believe that a free market is the best way to bring people out of poverty and (this is for the lefties) to clean the environment.

Trump supporters believe in a traditional moral system that has at its heart the Ten Commandments. You don’t have to believe in God to understand that a society run on Ten Commandment principles will be a safe, successful, and humane society.

Trump supporters believe that external and/or immutable characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation are irrelevant. What matters, always, are a person’s values. You can be a purple, trigender, Martian (here legally, of course), and I don’t care about your skin color, sexuality, or planet of origin, provided that you believe in the Constitution, traditional moral values, the free market, and individual liberty.

Trump supporters believe that the right to bear arms is an intrinsic part of liberty. They understand that there is nothing more dangerous than a government that turns against its people. They understand that bad things will always happen and that there are always going to be stupid and evil people. Nevertheless, the best bulwark for safety and liberty is a moral people’s right to bear arms.

Trump supporters understand that the Wilsonian notion of being the world’s policeman no longer serves America well. They’ve noticed that the Europeans, despite having been saved twice thanks to American blood and gold, are ungrateful. Those who love America prefer the Trump doctrine, which holds that America will avoid warfare, engaging in it only to defend its national interests.

Trump supporters believe a nation without borders is no nation at all, especially when the taxpayers are on the hook for social services that the country also extends without borders. That ought to be a no-brainer but, sadly, it’s not.

Trump supporters believe in small government. They know that they are better equipped to manage their lives and businesses than some vast, faraway government is. They also know that concentrating wealth and power in one place is a recipe for corruption and tyranny.

I don’t need to make a list for the Democrat party, which is no longer left of center but is hard left. It’s enough to say that today’s leftist Democrats believe in the opposite of everything I’ve said above. That is, it’s not that they agree with the ends that conservatives seeks and merely want different means.

Today’s Democrats hate those ends. They don’t want the Constitution, they don’t want liberty, they don’t want the free market, they don’t want us to be one people, they don’t want a right to self-defense, they don’t want borders, and they do want us to spill our blood and gold in overseas wars, provided we can prove that the wars bring us no benefit. This is not me guessing what they want. They’re absolutely open about it.

Lindsey Graham, the once sweet and placid Lindsey Graham, is one of the few things that stands between the Trump supporters’ vision of America and the Democrats’ vision. Graham gets it, as shown in this tweet:

Democrats also get it. That’s why Jaime Harrison, an utterly undistinguished Ivy League leftist, who’s only selling point in South Carolina is that he’s black (S.C.’s population is 30% black), is getting flooded with money. Money talks.

Please do whatever you can to help Lindsey Graham. If you’re a voter living outside of South Carolina, donate money. If you’re inside of South Carolina, make sure to vote for Graham as surely as you vote for Trump.

I probably should remind some that, if you love America, you need to cast these votes even if you’re lukewarm about one or both of those men. This is not an election about candidates. It is, instead, an election that will determine whether America continues as a Constitutional, liberty-loving democratic republic, or if it becomes a one-party socialist nation.

And do I need to remind you how quickly Venezuela fell once it went socialist?

The thrills and fun of attending a Trump rally (this one in Charleston)

The Trump rally in Charleston, South Carolina, was a joyous celebration of American virtues and of the uniquely American leader we are blessed to have.

I avoid crowds, especially during the flu season, but when I had the chance to attend Trump’s rally in Charleston, South Carolina, just a short drive from my home, I had to go. I’m glad I did, too, for it was a delightful experience from start to finish.

In some ways, there’s not that much to write about given that videos of the rally are already online. You can watch Trump’s speech below and probably hear it better than I did. (Indeed, once I’m done writing tonight, I plan to listen to his speech again to get the bits I missed.)

Trump in real life is exactly as you see him on the screen — a larger-than-life, uniquely American character, a showman who is nevertheless a person of tremendous substance and accomplishment. He’s also a comedian with the perfect timing of any performer who ever appeared on a Borscht Belt (aka Catskills) stage.

Given how urban and, indeed, how Jewish, Trump’s humor is, you’d think it wouldn’t sell well in Charleston, South Carolina. However, if you thought that, you’d be wrong. The audience loved it every bit as American audiences in mid-20th century America ate up humor from Jack Benny, George Burns, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, or Danny Kaye. Once you’re in on the joke — once you accept the showman’s style — you will always laugh.

Since you can see Trump’s speech for yourself, what in the world do I have to offer? I can talk about the energy and the ambiance.

We arrived at 4:00 on this Friday afternoon, just as the doors were opening. Some people had already gotten in line Thursday morning! They definitely got the good seats for their efforts, down on the floor of the North Charleston Convention Center’s Coliseum. Still, those of us who didn’t get there until 4:00 on the “day of” were still able to get seats in the nosebleed section. And unusually for a nosebleed section, because the Coliseum seats only 13,000 people, we still felt relatively close to the speaker’s podium. We were able to see Trump’s blue suit, white shirt, red tie, and blonde hair with perfect clarity.

Trump’s team made sure that the whole event was efficiently managed. When we hit the line, it was already moving and it flowed smoothly for the next 15 minutes or so, right up until we were at the security check. That was well-staffed so even though the security people went through every jacket and bag with incredible care, and ran everyone through a metal detector, we were out of that line within about 5 minutes. We were then shuttled through the Coliseum hallways until we got to an entrance where there were still seats available, headed up the stairs and boom! There we were, seated and waiting for the show to begin.

What was truly bizarre, in a wonderful way, was the women’s restroom — it was clean and there was no line! I don’t know what kind of black magic happened there, but I was grateful.

That’s the background stuff. What was delightful was the crowd. Sadly, it was a mostly white crowd, with only a small number of black, Asian, and Hispanic people present. I say sadly because they would have been so welcomed there. When Trump spoke about outreach to the black community, the whole crowd roared its approval. People there clearly believe, as I do, that blacks have been enslaved by the Democrat party for too long. It’s time for them to break free and come to a community that welcomes them as fellow Americans who can enjoy this land’s bounty, rather than as a victim class that can reliably be played for votes as needed.

While the crowd may have been mostly white, there was nothing else “mostly” about it. If I were stereotyping people by their looks, I saw the following: young families, military people, cops, blue-collar workers, white-collar workers, bikers, retirees, farmers, widows and widowers, scads of “women for Trump,” high school students, college students, millennials, polished urban people, and rough-hewn country people. What bound them together was a shared love of country and, because he is serving this country well, love of Trump.

I struck up conversations with several people and learned a few things about what makes them Trump supporters: All of the people to whom I spoke voted for Trump in 2016. Despite his bombast and boasting, they believed him then when he made his many promises, in part because he wasn’t a career politician but was, instead, a businessman with a broad and deep record of success.

Now, in 2020, they’re supporting him more fervently than ever because he kept those promises. They agree with him that a controlled border protects Americans from criminals, job-takers, and disease; they hate socialism; they support the Second Amendment; they support law enforcement; they adore the effect of Trump’s economic policies; they believe in a colorblind society; and they passionately support Israel. Even if they don’t agree with all of Trump’s policies, they agree with enough of them to want Trump back for four more years — and, given how Congress and the press treated him during three of his first four years, they jokingly agree that he really ought to get a do-over.

People at the rally wanted to have fun. They made instant friends and enthusiastically did both the wave and those call and response games people play across stadiums and coliseums. When Trump and others spoke (Tim Scott and Lindsay Graham were there, as well as people whose names I didn’t catch who warmed up the crowd early), it was like being at an old-time silent movie, with the audience booing and cheering as Trump’s speech paraded villains and heroes before them. Indeed, sometimes the audience participation was so loud it was hard to hear Trump, which is why I may go back and listen to his talk again just to hear the bits I missed.

This was a happy, friendly audience. They joined in with Trump when he castigated the media, but there was no heat, anger, or banked violence. It was a fun ritual not the warm-up act for an angry mob. These are people who have just watched America enjoy the best four years in their lifetimes, and they’re joyously looking to four more years just like it. They trust Trump to do his best with the coronavirus (a Black Swan event), and know with certainty that he’ll do his best with all of his other plans and promises.

Another interesting thing I noticed was how well-informed the audience was. Don Lemon and his MSNBC buddies may like to sneer at Trump voters, but these are people who are completely current about national and international policies. The moment Trump started on a topic, whether foreign or domestic, you could hear the people around you start filling in the blanks or turn to their companions to make a comment. They love talking about the Constitution and quite obviously know what it actually says, rather than what the emanations of penumbras imply.

Four years ago, people like Mark Steyn and Roger Simon, after attending Trump rallies said, “This man is going to win. He has the people at his back.” Although I haven’t been to a Bernie rally, it’s hard for me to imagine it as this joyous celebration. Instead, I see it as a miserable meeting of angry people. I’ll bet my money on joy every time.

The post The thrills and fun of attending a Trump rally (this one in Charleston) appeared first on Watcher of Weasels.

Time to Consider Raising the Grand Larceny Threshold

Yet another area I have become keenly interested in is the grand larceny threshold.  Part of overcriminalization is the proliferation of felony offenses that then bar offenders from voting and some professions.

The value threshold that converts larceny (common law term for theft) from a misdemeanor to a felony is only $200 and that has not been changed since the 80s.  Other states have increased their felony threshold to at least $500 and some much more (and I looked up the statute for each state cited!):

  • DC – $1000
  • MD – Also $1000
  • NC – Also a grand (So is West Virginia!)
  • Delaware – $1500
  • PA is a whopping $2000!

Even Alabama has a $500 threshold, Mississippi a thousand dollars, Georgia $1500 and South Carolina is $2000!

In light of that, Republican Senator Reeves introduced this bill raising the grand larceny threshold to $500:

SB 23 Grand larceny; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc.

Introduced by: Bryce E. Reeves | all patrons    …    notes | add to my profiles


Grand larceny; threshold. Increases from $200 to $500 the threshold amount of money taken or value of goods or chattel taken at which the crime rises from petit larceny to grand larceny. The bill increases the threshold by the same amount for the classification of certain property crimes.

The other patron is my new hero, Del. Sam Rasoul!  The costs of felony prosecutions are greater by definition than misdemeanor ones (the payment for the court-appointed attorney is generally larger to start with) and it would place the Old Dominion in line with most of its sister states, even Deep South ones like Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina.

I invite the members of the General Assembly to “steal” this idea and at least raise the threshold to $500 (I think $1500 or $2000 is too much – maybe $1000 is about right but $500 is a good start.) and prevent some future over-criminalization.  My next blog entry might shock the readers and the General Assembly!




Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Governor Gilmore’s FIRST TV Ad!

Let’s see if I can do this…as a result of an agreement between the other candidates and NBC after they had Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, they are running some free ads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.  This may be it’s unveiling in the Old Dominion:

Rats!  Can’t get it to come to the blog!

Go to this site (the Gilmore campaign website) and you’ll find it.  You can also sign up to help, too!


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders